News of Note: “Children’s Movies and the Cult of Self Esteem”

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1. “You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids’ Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self Esteem?” – The Atlantic’s article on kid’s movies and the cult of self esteem. (The Atlantic)

“It’s probably no coincidence that the supremacy of the magic-feather syndrome in children’s movies overlaps with the so-called “cult of self-esteem.” The restless protagonists of these films never have to wake up to the reality that crop-dusters simply can’t fly faster than sleek racing aircraft. Instead, it’s the naysaying authority figures who need to be enlightened about the importance of never giving up on your dreams, no matter how irrational, improbable, or disruptive to the larger community. As Jean Twenge, the controversial cultural critic of America’s supposed narcissism epidemic, argues in her bestselling book Generation Me, younger generations “simply take it for granted that we should all feel good about ourselves, we are all special, and we all deserve to follow our dreams.” – Luke Epplin, The Atlantic

2. “Should pastors try to be cool?” – 9 Marks answers the question, “Should pastors try to be cool?” (9Marks)

3. “From Last to First: Advice from an Outgoing Seminary Student to Incoming Ones” – A graduating Southern Seminary student gives some advice to incoming seminary students. (This Road)

4. Tony Miano’s excellent series on women and open air preaching (Cross Encounters)

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 1)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 2)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 3)”

“Is the Open-Air Preaching Community in a ‘Down-Grade?’ (Part 4)”

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